We take the guesswork out of exercise and create tailored exercise programs to help you live a productive and healthy life.
I started Motion 4 Life Fitness as a way to prevent falls, general medical decline, and loss of independence. As a practicing emergency medicine physician for over 25 years, I have seen many injuries with physical, emotional and lifestyle implications.
Our exceptional staff recognizes the barriers to beginning exercise and the need for guidance and motivation to stay the course. Our job is to walk with you each step of the way – providing education, expertise, and a culture of support and social interaction.
We invite you to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Have a great day and I look forward to meeting you!
Carol Weesner, MD
Founder and Medical Director
Our Training Philosophy
At Motion 4 Life Fitness our professional trainers will create an individualized exercise program for each member based on health history and a fitness assessment. We believe proper guidance, instruction and encouragement is vital to a successful exercise program. Therefore, most of our memberships include personal training, either 1-on-1 or small group (2-4 people).
Depending on your membership choice, training sessions are either 30 or 60 minutes. We recommend working with a trainer twice per week, although when you choose your membership, you determine if you would like to meet more or less often.
Our group classes are available to all personal training members at no charge. These larger classes (12 people max) are designed by our trainers to complement personal training. They can be tailored to the individual’s participating as necessary. Flexibility, agility, balance and cardiovascular exercise are the focus of the classes. Our staff will help you choose appropriate classes for your exercise ability.
Meet The Staff
Carol Weesner, MD
She is an avid basketball fan and may have given Larry Bird a run for his money before a knee injury cut short her collegiate career at the University of Chicago (ok,….maybe that is a bit of a stretch with LB….). Her favorite literary character is Bernie Rhodenbarr and favorite leading men on television are Perry Mason and Leroy Jethro Gibbs.
Carol is most grateful in her life for having a wonderful family that is part of her everyday world.
Pam loves spending time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, especially to Florida, as well as cooking and gardening in her spare time. She looks forward to a great opportunity in helping to grow Motion 4 Life into the premier gym experience for active agers.
Although several representatives from the Japan and China national teams have inquired about her services as an Olympic table tennis consultant, Motion 4 Life hopes that she remains with us in Indiana for a long time.
BS Biology and Athletic Training, MS Exercise Physiology, NSCA-CPT
Dawn Bruh has been serving in the fitness industry for over 25 years. She received her Master’s of Science in Exercise Physiology from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois and her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Athletic Training from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CPT) Certified Personal Trainer.
Dawn spent 13 years as a Professor in Exercise Science and Aquatics at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana where she assisted students with national certifications in personal training as well as instructing with the personal training program at Indiana Wesleyan University.
She was also a Board of Certification (BOC) Certified Athletic Trainer for 18 years and spent 7 years working as an athletic trainer within high schools, community colleges, and physical therapy clinics before arriving at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Dawn also holds certifications through the American Red Cross as an instructor in First Aid/CPR/AED and Lifeguard Training.
Dawn’s passion is helping others with their fitness journey. She knows it can be a life long struggle to maintain a fitness regimen and having a solid support system is crucial for success.
BS Exercise Science, CFSC
Derek received his BS in Exercise Science at the University of Southern Indiana and has over 5 years of experience as a personal trainer and sports performance specialist. He is a certified Functional Strength and Conditioning Coach and specializes in the joint-by-joint approach of strength training.
Through personal experience with training, injury, and rehabilitation in sports, he has developed a passion for training and helping people get back to what they love to do. Derek is an excellent communicator and is confident in performing thorough assessments for each client to create an individualized plan to optimize potential and reduce risk of injury. Derek’s programs put an emphasis on proper movement to help individuals move and feel stronger. He knows strength leads to improved quality of life and wants to help his clients realize the benefits.
Derek is an avid ultimate frisbee player and played competitively through college. He enjoys spending evenings watching movies with his wife and cats. When he is not working or spending time at home, he and his wife enjoy traveling.
Karena holds a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training through Concordia University Wisconsin and a Master in Applied Exercise Science through Concordia University Chicago. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. She holds additional certifications including Functional Aging Specialist from the Functional Aging Institute as well as Senior Fitness Specialist and Corrective Aging Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Karena is an avid sports fan. She enjoys watching all sports, but her favorites include basketball, football and baseball. Her favorite baseball team is the Chicago Cubs, Fly the W! Not only is she a sports fan, Karena was a member of the Carmel High School Basketball team for four years and a member of the Carmel High School Softball team for two years. She continued her basketball career in college, playing three years at a Division III school.
In her spare time, Karena enjoys camping, hiking and rock climbing. She also has a passion for working with and training dogs. Her next dog-training adventure is training a dog to become a service animal.
BS Exercise Science, BS Dietetics, NASM-CPT, Certified Tai-Chi Instructor
Nutrition Specialist / Personal Trainer
Tasha’s personal journey with obesity and weight loss fuels her ambition to help others. She utilizes a whole body approach to health and wellness with nutrition and physical activity, focusing on functional movement. She is also currently working on her Corrective Movement certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and also is a certified Tai Chi instructor.
She is a mom of two adult human children and two furbaby children, as well as a grandmother to three grandsons who are all under the age of 3.
Amanda Garant MS, RD, CD
Amanda is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Eating Disorder Task Force of Indiana, and a member of JumpIN, a central Indiana childhood obesity initiative. She finished her Bachelor of Science in dietetics at Marshall University and received her master’s degree from Ball State University. She has also served as a clinical dietitian at the Charis Center for Eating Disorders and Riley Children’s Hospital.
Melissa Maxwell, PT, CMT, CBFL Teacher
She is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys many activities both indoors and outdoors for movement including judo, racquetball, tennis, bicycling and hiking.
Melissa is a native Hoosier from the southwest corner of the state, calling both Evansville and Indianapolis home and enjoys being a sandwich generation daughter, mom and grandmother.
BA, MA, RYT200
Rick has always been interested and engaged in fitness health and exercise. His experience as well as years of coaching and teaching made the transition to teaching yoga a natural one. Rick loves the physical and mental benefits that yoga class practice brings to all people regardless of their reason for practicing yoga that day. People often find it helps them in daily life as well with more mindful attention and presence to everyone and everything.
Valerie Weesner, PhD
He is a master at problem solving, the development of streamlined procedures/systems, outcome optimization, customer service strategies, and risk management. He is a firm believer of continuous quality improvement and fostering a creative, collaborative work environment.
Tom is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio), enjoys reading, and can hit a softball a county mile. His passion is working with youth and developing their gifts and talents. He has published a book written by Leaders In Action, a youth program he started in the Mapleton Fall Creek neighborhood near Broadway Methodist Church. The Untitled Book: Different Opinions of Different Minds presents the raw, open and candid thoughts and feelings of the group’s members. The book was used in several universities as a text to help college students better understand inner-city youth.
Mon-Fri 6 am - 8 pm
Sat 8 am - 12 noon
14801 Market Center Drive Suite 100, Carmel, IN 46033
(Just north of 146th and Gray Road)
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